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The Vast Prairie Lands of Kansas

WheatFrom Bill Jeffcoat:

“I feel it is difficult in this day and age to realize the huge grasslands of the Midwest, with no highways, cities, nor power lines, but just the land and open skies and huge herds of buffalo.  In 1858, Horace Greeley taking a tour of the Midwest wrote, ‘A million buffalo is a great many, but I am certain that I saw that many yesterday.’  And who was Horace Greeley?  He was editor of the New York Tribune newspaper and in this year ran for the office of President of the United States against Grant, but was defeated.  With the coming of the railroad and farmers, this great breed of animal was soon exterminated, and many Native American tribes were shifted to reservations.”